Up 42,026 this week

L'affaire du courrier de Lyon (1937)

 -  Drama | History  -  8 June 1938 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 53 users  
Reviews: 2 user | 1 critic

Add a Plot


(screenplay), (play), 4 more credits »
0Check in

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb: What to Watch - Boyhood

In the latest episode of IMDb: What to Watch, Keith Simanton talks with director Richard Linklater and actors Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke about their movie Boyhood.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 388 titles
created 07 Jul 2012
a list of 705 titles
created 18 Oct 2012

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: L'affaire du courrier de Lyon (1937)

L'affaire du courrier de Lyon (1937) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of L'affaire du courrier de Lyon.


Cast overview, first billed only:
Pierre Blanchar ...
Pierre-Joseph Lesurques
Dita Parlo ...
Mina Lesurques
Jacques Copeau ...
Le procureur-juge Daubenton
Charles Dullin ...
Le témoin aveugle
Sylvia Bataille ...
Madeleine Brebant
Hélène Robert ...
Eugénie Dargence
Monique Joyce ...
Claudine Faugier-Odot
Pierre Alcover ...
Valentin Durochat (as Alcover)
Jean Tissier ...
Jean-Pierre Kérien ...
Jean Bruer (as Kerien)
André Noël ...
Franck Excofon (as Noël)
Jean Périer ...
Le bijoutier Eugène Legrand (as Jean Perrier)
Louis Florencie ...
Jean Delafolie (as Florencie)
Marcel Duhamel ...
Guénot (as Duhamel)
Palmyre Levasseur ...
La femme Grossetête


Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis


Drama | History





Release Date:

8 June 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Courier of Lyons  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Referenced in Coup de torchon (1981) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Or Would You Rather Be A Mule
19 March 2007 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

It's definitely a Man's Life in the courier business. In 18th century France you were still known as a courier, travelled by stage coach and ferried your cargo - bearer bonds, legal documents, even cash - in a briefcase or strongbox and robbery and occasional death were occupational hazards. Today you're known as a mule, travel by jet and carry your cargo - cocaine or better - on or more often INSIDE your person and twenty years in a Third World slammer or increasingly eternity on a slab should the packaging burst in your stomach are the new occupational hazards.

This movie is based on a real case in which an innocent man who had the bad fortune to resemble a criminal paid with his life. Pierre Blanchar plays both a thief/murderer - the driver of the stage coach in which the courier was travelling was killed during the robbery - Andre Dubosc and the innocent look-alike Joseph Lesurques who has the good fortune to be married to Dita Parlo, one of the shining lights of 30s cinema who was unforgettable in Renoir's La Grande Illusion. This was Claude Autant-Lara in his social-conscience phase and after a slow, measured start he hits his stride in the wake of the robbery exploring mob psychology and revelling in the irony of a blind man being a key witness that sent an innocent man to the guillotine, we are all murderers indeed. Hitchcock explored similar territory in The Wrong Man in which Henry Fonda was subjected to a lot of discomfort and his wife, Vera Miles even more but in the end the truth emerged in plenty of time for Fonda to walk free, not so, alas, here. Not perhaps an ideal subject for a world on the brink of war but a fine film nevertheless.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss L'affaire du courrier de Lyon (1937) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: